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Odric, Master Tactician
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Odric, Master Tactician
Magic 2013

Reviewed July 20, 2012

Constructed: 4.10
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Odric, Master Tactician
 
I think it's pretty funny that Odric is in the set with exalted, yet he doesn't play as well with it as does Hero of Bladehold. That doesn't mean he's bad, though; far from it. I can't recall seeing this kind of game text since Master Warcraft, way back in the original Ravnica set, and if you can trigger it, it basically says "At the end of this attack step, you win the game." With all the creature removal spells in recent sets, you may be worried about having enough creatures in play to actually pull off said trigger; but don't forget that this character is supposed to be from Innistrad, which also gave us Lingering Souls and Moorland Haunt. A White Weenie deck with card advantage and the ability to ignore blockers - in my Magic: the Gathering? It's more likely than you think.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers and todays card of the day is my favorite legend out of the new cycle in Magic 2013. Odric, Master tactician rewards you for having a large board presence and allows you to control opponents blocks, if you want to make them block at all. In standard this combines well with token producers such as Blade Splicer, Lingering Souls and other cards such as Hero of Bladehold which unfortunately clashes’ at the four drop slot. I feel there is a lot of potential for this card in standard barring a board sweeper you can dominate combat and with the emphasis Wizards has been placing on creatures this guy has a lot of potential to be explored. In modern I can see this card maybe being put to use in some sort of token strategy but I don’t know if he is powerful enough for the format. In legacy and vintage the same concept applies token and swarm strategies may want him but he could be slow and not exactly worthy of including in your deck.
            In casual and multiplayer this card shines so much pumping out token armies is a heavily supported strategy and being able to make your army unblockable or kill important creatures of your opponents by forcing lopsided blocks. This card also has potential political applications making it a strong card and the relevant creature type of solider is extremely relevant as well. In limited it’s a solid card if you can draft enough creatures to overwhelm the board and  perhaps tokens this is a real bomb in limited. Overall this is one of mu favorite legends and I feel it definitely has potential in constructed and in casual and multiplayer and commander it is an all star.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Odric, Master Tactician which is a four mana White 3/4 Legendary soldier with First Strike and if he attacks with three or more other creatures you choose if creatures block and how they block.  The base stats of 3/4 with First Strike for four isn't bad, but is hardly playable by itself.  The effect of controlling blocking is huge though and a deck with power increasing effects and enough creatures can easily win in a single attack even with blockers in play. 
In a different scenario it can also severely weaken an opponent's army by having as many blockers as possible die in a well planned attack. 
Overall this is a very powerful card with a good deal of support and will definitely be seeing competitive play.
 
In Limited this can easily win games if you can field enough creatures to trigger the effect.  Without that a four mana 3/4 with First Strike is still playable and should be decked whenever possible just on the chance of controlling blocking.  An easy first pick in Booster and the double White shouldn't prevent it from being used in a Sealed that is running a decent supply of White mana. Supporting Odric with as many decent offensive creatures as possible is best, though as that is a standard strategy in the format it shouldn't alter deck design much to accommodate him.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com! We are closing out this week looking at Odric, Master Tactician from M13. Odric is a legendary white creature human soldier that costs two generic and two white mana and is a 3/4. Odrik has first strike and says that whenever Odric and at least three other creatures are attack, you choose which creatures block this combat and how those creatures block.
      I love Odrik. He is one of the two best new legends printed. The other for me being Krenko, Mob Boss. Which coincidentally, the two would work wonders together! Odrik is great because of what he allows you to do, and that is, of course, break the rules! He breaks the combat rules by taking blocking out of your opponents hands and into your own. You may choose to have your opponents creatures enter into obvious bad blocks to gain board advantage. The best part about Odrik though is you may also choose for your opponent’s creatures NOT to block. Meaning a well laid army is going to walk right into your opponent untouched. I like the idea of building a red and white deck around Odrik so that you can utilize Fervor with him, because that is a drawback of him hitting the board is the wait, and giving your opponent the heads up. When used with Fervor, they will never see it coming until it’s too late!
 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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